The valley in which Mai Chai sits is dotted with many Thai villages in between a patchwork of rice fields. It is a different world full of tranquility and breathtaking nature, perfect for cycling.

Pù Luông Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in a valley between two-mountain ridges and guarantees limited amount of tourist. It’s off the beaten track here as you trek through forests and large, often terraced rice fields.

You’ll find the friendliest people here that will gladly invite to their home; the local culture is rich and authentic and with two rice seasons and a milder climate a great alternative for Sapa.

Day 1:

Hanoi – Mai Chau Cycling – Pu Luong Nature Reserve (L-D)

Your driver will pick you up at 8am for the 4-hour scenic drive via a breathtaking mountain pass towards Mai Chau. On arrival we enjoy lunch before we set off for a relaxing cycle ride in the valley where we cycle through the rice fields pass some of the ethnic Tai villages that are dotted around in this beautiful valley.

We continue our way for another hour to reach your accommodation in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Time to check-in and relax at this beautiful place where dinner will be served later in the evening.

Transportation: Private A/C transportation

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Various options at a wonderful and idyllic place in the valley

Day 2:

Pu Luong Trekking (B-L-D)

Today, after breakfast, we start early today and descend into the beautiful valley and walk around tumbling rice terraces. We trek through small paths, shrouded in vegetation, to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. A truly marvelous sight and for sure photogenic!

We descend further into the valley and weave between small countryside roads and farmlands, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savor the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy lunch.

We’ll enjoy lunch on the way and relax a little bit before we make our way back to your overnight for dinner and another relaxing night at your idyllic overnight stay.

Transportation: Hiking

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Various options at a wonderful and idyllic place in the valley

Day 3:

Pu Luong – Hanoi (B-L)

Today you’ll have a relax morning, another trek is optional though. After lunch your driver will take you back to your accommodation in Hanoi where the trip ends.

Transportation: Private A/C transportation

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: N/A

Accommodation: N/A

Extra option: We can of course also run this tour, starting in Hanoi and finishing in Ninh Binh – Tam Coc, just let us know!

  • Private transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation of your choice
  • Meals as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • All entrance fees (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • Free Wi-Fi at your overnight place
  • Welcome drink
  • Taxes and Service Charges
  • English speaking tour guides.
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and personal expenses 
  • Travel insurance 
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense

Specific food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

What do I need to know? 

During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage. 

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!